Could Samsung beat Apple to the punch with a high-DPI tablet? Maybe not, but it sounds like it could come close. Boy Genius Report claims to have it on good authority that, in February, the Korean firm will release an 11.6" Android tablet with a whopping 2560x1600 display resolution.
The device will reportedly debut at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. That would pin its release between February 27 and March 1, 2012. BGR adds that the upcoming tablet will be "barely larger" than Samsung's current 10.1" offering thanks to a thinner bezel, and it will feature dual-core Exynos 5250 system-on-a-chip clocked at 2GHz. No other details have transpired yet—aside from the fact that, of course, the device will run Android 4.0.
According to an AppleInsider story posted yesterday, Citigroup expects Apple to release the iPad 3 "as early as February." Richard Gardner, an analyst for the financial services firm, says the iPad 3 will have "double the screen resolution on the current model." (Translation: 2048x1536.) The third-gen iPad is said to be the same size as today's model, too.
I'm definitely looking forward to the crop of high-DPI tablets, regardless of who manages to crank out the first one. There's something oddly disappointing about the fact that my 16-month-old iPhone 4 has crisper graphics and sharper text than even the latest tablets on the market—devices that are often more capable and more powerful.